Therapy for Depression

 

Most days you feel sad, stuck, and hopeless.  Nothing seems to help and you can't see a way out of your struggles.  

You tend to have a negative outlook, you’re irritable, and it’s taking a toll on your relationships.

 

You've withdrawn from social contact because you figure no one wants to be around you when you’re feeling this way but in the meantime you feel isolated and lonely. 

 

You know that something needs to change and the longer you put off taking steps toward making a change the more dissatisfaction and frustration builds up, creating tension and stress that can seem unbearable. 

All in all, you feel frustrated with yourself for not being able to handle things better or move forward.  

You've noticed that...​

  • You've been crying or feeling on the verge of tears often

  • You feel tired and have low energy most of the time

  • You're no longer interested in the things that you normally found interesting or enjoyable

  • You've been sleeping too much or too little

  • You've had a noticeable increase or decrease in appetite

  • You feel slowed down, like you’re moving in slow motion, or restless, like you can’t sit still

  • You feel worthless, hopeless, or guilty most days

  • You have a hard time concentrating, paying attention, or making decisions

  • You've been having thoughts of harming yourself or suicide, or thinking about dying 

Note: If you are currently having thoughts of suicide or thoughts of harming yourself in any way, please call the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline now for free and confidential support.

1-800-273-8255  

It's time to get help with your depression.  You've come to the right place.

Through our work together, I can help you better understand your symptoms and introduce new strategies for you to try to help provide you with some relief. 

I work with you to find small steps that you can take, that seem realistic to you, to start taking better care of yourself and help you to engage in activities that are nourishing, enjoyable, or that can bring about a sense of accomplishment, no matter how small.  And if this seems overwhelming to you, I want to emphasize that I encourage you to start small and be realistic with what you can do. 

 

I also help you take a closer look at the thoughts and beliefs that come up when you are feeling depressed because often those thoughts feed your depression and make you feel even more upset or feel worse about yourself. 

 

I can teach strategies to help you slow down and notice your thoughts and then work to either take a break from the thoughts or shift to thoughts that are more supportive and keep things in perspective. 

 

I’ve found that this kind of counseling and therapy is effective and can bring about incredible results: it can provide relief and improve the way you feel, improve your outlook, improve relationships, and in turn, improve the quality of your life.   

If you are ready to get help with your depression, you can get started by clicking the button below.  I look forward to talking with you.

© 2019 by Melanie Lopes.

471 34th Street, Oakland, CA 94609

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1330 Lincoln Avenue #310,  San Rafael, CA 94901

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